MN: Another round of snow limits fishing in the southern half of state Issue: 8
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleye reports haven’t been very consistent, but perch
and tullibees remain active. The bite seems to be best with a few
days of stable weather off the structure in 25 feet or more.
There’s also been some good-sized perch pulled off the 12- to
15-foot rock piles this week.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The best option for midday walleyes, perch, and tullibees
is off the flats in 30 feet or more. Perch seem to prefer small
jigs and red Eurolarvae, while waxworms are the ticket for
tullibees. You will pop a few walleyes during low-light periods on
top of the flats if you stay on the move.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye and sauger action remains best in 30 to 35 feet. The
afternoon hours seem to be most productive about eight to 10 miles
out on the lake. Areas worth noting this week include Knight Island
and closer in at the Gap. Many of the walleyes continue to be
suspended a few feet off bottom.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Perch action has been best with a few days of consistent, stable
weather. First Duck Point, Big Hardwoods, the Meadows, and GrandVu
Flats are giving up perch in 12 to 19 feet. These locations have
kicked out a few more walleyes this week as well. Look to Shingobee
Bay for bluegills in 15 to 18 feet. Walleye reports from Walker Bay
were limited this week due to the big Eelpout Festival held on it
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
More than one foot of snow hit this area, shutting down any ice
fishing options earlier this week. Once the accesses get cleared
out and a few roads are developed look for ice anglers to again hit
lakes such as Minnetonka, Independence, Medicine, and Sarah for
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Jigging spoons are producing walleyes in Sand Bay in 28 to 30
feet. The American Narrows is kicking out walleyes and northern
pike in 34 to 38 feet. Anglers have been taking snowmobiles to the
east end, above the Brule, and catching walleyes near Blueberry
Reef in 34 to 40 feet. Crappie action has been slow.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Travel has improved, but you still have to watch out for drifts
and old roads, which could get you hung up. Perch are hitting in 15
to 17 feet or in 30 feet on the Snaghole Bar. There has been a few
perch reports coming off the north-end humps or on Horseshoe Bar
and Sugar Bar in 25 to 35 feet. These areas also will kick out a
few walleyes in 18 to 22 feet during low-light periods.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
More than one foot of snow hit this area earlier in the week, so
there hasn’t been as many people fishing. Once the snow settles
look to the shallow weeds of Lake Owasso and Lake Jane with sucker
minnows for northern pike. Crappies can be had on the St. Croix
River over 30 to 40 feet. Look to White Bear Lake for pike in eight
to 12 feet and crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Lake Peltier remains the
best bet for sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
With 12 to 17 inches of fresh snow on area lakes fishing has
been minimal. Your best option is to look at the lakes that were
productive before the snow hit. Panfish are an option at Eagle Lake
in 14 to 16 feet, crappies were hitting at Swede Lake in 12 to 14
feet, and Red Rock Lake is worth noting for sunfish in 12 to 16
feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows should produce northern pike at
Lake Zumbra and Whaletail Lake in 12 to 15 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crappies are being found suspended over 18 to 25 feet during the
evening hours at Pillsbury Reef, Center Reef, and in Wagener’s Bay.
Work the 10- to 15-foot weed edge on Pillsbury and Center for
sunfish. The best chance for a walleye remains late at night on the
reefs and northern pike continue to be taken on the weedlines
adjacent to the main-lake reefs.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
With 12 inches of new snow on area lakes, getting around is
again difficult. A few anglers have hit Lake Carlos in 20 to 30
feet and caught an occasional walleye or two during the evening
hours. Panfish have provided the best action with lakes Carlos,
Geneva, Miltona, and Maple all giving up sunfish and crappies in 12
to 15 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
The snow has limited accessibility on some lakes, but look for
roads to be opened by this weekend. Panfish continue to be caught
in 10 to 20 feet at Lake Marie, Lake John, Pleasant Lake,
Clearwater Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Pelican Lake is worth noting for
panfish in eight feet and Clearwater is the area’s best option for
a late-season walleye in 20 feet or more.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297 www.littlejimssports.com
Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over 20 to 25
feet at East Lost Lake, West Lost Lake, South Turtle Lake, and
Stalker Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught on shiner
minnows in 27 to 32 feet at West Battle Lake and in 18 to 23 feet
at Otter Tail Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in
15 to 18 feet at South Turtle, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Look
for tullibees to be suspended over deep water at Mollie Stark Lake
and Clitherall Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Fatheads continue to trigger walleyes during low-light periods
on Lake Bemidji in 22 to 27 feet. Perch action has improved in 17
to 22 feet at Lake Plantagenet and Cass Lake. Midge Lake is kicking
out northern pike and panfish in 17 feet, as is Grace Lake in 20 to
22 feet. Look to Grant Lake for bluegills in 18 to 20 feet.
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Perch action remains consistent and you will catch a few
walleyes as well on Blackduck Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Crappies and
bluegills are being found suspended over 30 feet on Gilstead Lake.
At Gull Lake, panfish have been most active in 16 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleyes are being taken on shiner minnows in 18 to 34 feet at
Gull Lake. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in 12 to 15
feet at North Long Lake and Gull. Rosy red minnows are working best
for crappies, which are suspended over 18 to 22 feet, at North
Long, Cullen Lake, and Lake Margaret. Sunfish action is improving
in 12 to 14 feet at North Long, Cullen, Nisswa Lake, and Lake
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)
It will take a few days to get some roads open after measurable
snow hit, but there should be plenty of fishing options by this
weekend. Look to the south end of Chisago Lake for sunfish in four
to 10 feet. Crappies are hitting at night on Chisago and South
Lindstrom Lake in 22 to 28 feet. Northern pike and sunfish can be
had on Sunrise Lake in four to 10 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Setlines tipped with fatheads or rainbow minnows are producing
walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot weed edges of Serpent Lake and
Pelican Lake. Crappie action remains strong with lakes such as
Mahnomen, Black Bear, Bay, and Nokay producing fish during
low-light periods and lakes Milford, Cedar, and Upper Dean kicking
out fish during the day. Look for sunfish on lakes Milford, Greer,
Little Rabbit, Clinker, and Mahnomen. Northern pike action is hot
on all lakes, but Black Bear, Little Black Hoof, and Island seem to
be producing bigger fish.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on spoons and minnow heads in 26
to 34 feet of water at Upper Whitefish Lake and Crosslake. Pelican
Lake and Lake Edward are producing walleyes in the shallower weeds.
Northern pike remain active on the points and breaks of most lakes
and panfish are hitting jigs and Eurolarvae in eight to 18 feet –
many of the crappies have been suspended on area lakes.
Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708
Work the 12-foot weedlines for sunfish on lakes Melissa, Big
Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Severson, Little Pelican, Middle Cormorant,
and Upper Cormorant. These lakes also are holding suspended
crappies over 18 to 20 feet. An occasional walleye can be had
during low-light periods in 19 to 22 feet at Melissa, Big
Cormorant, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-224
Lake conditions have improved and anglers have been getting
around much better on area lakes, but walleye and crappie reports
continue to be limited. Lake trout have been taken on Burntside
Lake in 50 to 55 feet and at Snowbank Lake in 40 to 55 feet. The
key has been to jig slow with small spoons and most fish have been
close to the bottom.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Shiner minnows are triggering walleyes in 15 to 18 feet on the
north end of Lake Washburn. There’s an evening crappie bite over 40
feet with minnows on Mitchell Lake. You’ll find suspended sunfish
over 30 to 40 feet on West Fox Lake, while tip-ups and sucker
minnows are producing northern pike on the north end of Little Pine
Lake in 12 to 14 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies, perch, and sunfish are hitting during the afternoon
and evening hours at Lake Sissiton in 15 feet. Fox Lake is giving
up crappies and catfish in 12 to 16 feet. Although you do have to
sort through quite a few small fish, you’ll pluck a meal of perch
off North Silver Lake in three to six feet of water.
Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225
Crappies continue to hit minnows on Cedar Lake in 15 feet early
and late in the day. At Lake Mazaska, crappies are suspending over
30 feet and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in shallower
water. Perch continue to be pulled from Cannon Lake in four to 10
feet and Shields Lake is producing sunfish and perch in 15 to 18
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes at Lake Saganaga in
50 to 60 feet during midday hours. Lake trout action remains strong
with spoons and minnows at Saganaga over 40 to 55 feet, at
Greenwood Lake over 55 to 60 feet, at Trout Lake over 35 to 40
feet, and at Daniels Lake in 35 to 45 feet. Small spoons and
waxworms are turning rainbow trout at Mink Lake in 12 to 22 feet
and at Trout Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Waxworms also have worked best
for brook trout at Carrot Lake in eight to 14 feet throughout the
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 20 to 24 feet at Big Cutfoot
Sioux Lake. Little Cutfoot is producing perch and sunfish in 20
feet and Bowstring Lake is a safe bet for crappies and perch in 19
to 26 feet. Look to Bass Lake for bluegills and crappies in seven
to 17 feet and to Lake Pokegama in 13 to 30 feet. Walleye action is
limited, but spearing and angling for northern pike has improved on
most lakes. Lake trout also remain active over deep water at Pit
Lake, Caribou Lake, and Big Trout Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Minnows are working best for crappies, most of which have been
suspended over 25 to 30 feet at Little Webb Lake. Ten Mile Lake is
giving up sunfish in seven feet and crappies during the evening
hours over 30 feet. Look for Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake to start
producing panfish very soon.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
The slush finally froze on Kabetogama and Namakan, making most
areas accessible by snowmobile or ATV. The best walleye reports are
coming from 28 to 35 feet with red glow jigs and minnows. Crappie
and northern pike action has been limited.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Twelve inches of snow hit this area, but anglers seem to be
getting around. Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is producing sunfish
and crappies in 15 to 30 feet. Third Point on Washington also is
giving up crappies over 20 to 25 feet. There’s some decent crappie
action coming off Duck Lake and on Cow Bar at Madison Lake in 20 to
25 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are the ticket for northern
pike on the weedlines of Lake Francis.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Big Sandy Lake started giving up crappies during low-light
periods in 18 feet. On Lake Minnewawa, you’ll catch a few crappies
and the odd walleye at night in 22 feet. Northern pike and sunfish
reports have been poor and the tullibee bite hasn’t kicked in.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
This region received 20 inches of snow so ice fishing has been
put on hold. Between the snow and wind that accompanied it, there
just isn’t any way for anglers to get on area lakes.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
You’ll hook a few walleyes in 20 to 24 feet at Potato Lake and
Fish Hook Lake during low-light periods. Long Lake is kicking out
northern pike and an occasional walleye in 18 to 20 feet. Northern
pike also can be had on sucker minnows at Big Mantrap Lake in eight
to 14 feet. Lakes such as Straight, Portage, and the Crow Wing
Chain continue to produce sunfish.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
RED WING AREA
Northern pike continue to be caught on the Mississippi River by
ice anglers and the Wabasha area of the river is kicking out
panfish. Look for walleyes on the north side of Frontenac in 18
feet and saugers in deeper water. Anglers in boats are catching
walleyes and sauger below the dam on the river in 12 to 15 feet.
Bright-colored hair jigs tipped with minnows are working best.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
Snow and strong winds blew most roads shut on area lakes. Once
the snow settles and people start venturing out look to the
Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska for sunfish and northern pike in 12
to 15 feet and crappies in 15 to 17 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
There just isn’t much to report since the snow hit earlier in
the week. More than one foot has piled up and drifted across the
lakes making travel and fishing options almost nonexistent. There
just hasn’t been enough people fishing out since last weekend to
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
The Willmar area received 10 to 14 inches of new snow so fishing
has been put on hold. Once some roads and trails open look to
Solomon Lake for panfish in eight to 10 feet. Foot Lake is giving
up perch, crappies, and sunfish in 18 feet and Green Lake is worth
checking for panfish in 20 to 23 feet. Diamond Lake and Lake Andrew
were providing decent crappie action during low-light periods in 18
to 20 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097